Port Vila in Vanuatu crowned its new first division champions last week with United Malampa overcoming Naka FC to claim the title, while regular season action continued in Papua New Guinea and Samoa’s Upolu and Savaii. Here’s this week’s wrap of the competition action from around the region.
Hekari United FC maintained a three-point buffer at the top of PNG’s Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League Southern Conference, after overcoming a spirited showing from the conference’s lowest ranked team, Tavur FC, to win 1-0. Second-placed Gulf Komara FC claimed an important 2-1 victory over Port Moresby Strikers FC, who remain third. Central Dabari FC won 2-1 against Star Mountain FC.
In the Southern Conference ladder-leading Lae City FC were held to a 1-1 draw by neighbouring Lae City Dwellers, while their nearest rival at the top, Morobe Wawens, took the opportunity to make up some ground on the competition table with a 5-0 triumph over Tusbab Stallions. Morobe United won 4-2 over Sepik FC, while Southern Youth and Northern Youth sat out Round 9 on byes. Click here to view conference standings.
In Samoa’s Savaii women’s competition Siufaga Hippo couldn’t foot it with Iva White Lions, going down 11-0, while Vaiafai SC won 3-0 over Salelologa SC. The men’s section saw 3-0 wins for Vaiafai SC (B) and Vaiafai over Siufaga Hippo and Faaala Strikers respectively. Salelologa won 3-1 over Iva White Lions.
In the Upolu premier women’s competition both Faatoia United teams had wins, while Kiwi FC and Lupe o le Saga won 7-0 over Adidas and Vaivase tai respectively. Lotopa beat Faleasiu 5-0 and Vaipuna beat Moataa 3-0. The men’s division saw big wins for Faatoia United and Lupe o le Soaga, running out 10-3 and 5-0 winners over Moataa and Togafuafua, while Vapiuna and Vaiusu played out a two-all draw. Kiwi FC beat Vaitele uta 3-1, Vaivase tai downed Lion of Judah 4-1 and USP were 3-1 winners against Sogi.